One of five luxurious cars given to members of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack has emerged on sale for £300,000 more than 50 years later.
The vintage vehicle was supposedly built for the late British actor Peter Lawford by little-known Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia.
Models were given to members of the illustrious supergroup including Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Sinatra as part of a marketing ploy by the automaker.
The vintage vehicle was supposedly built for the late Hollywood actor Peter Lawford by little-known Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia
Lawford’s supposed vehicle was the very first and one of only 26 production L6.4 models to ever leave the factory
The current and fourth owner bought the car in 2006 and recently oversaw a three year restoration to revamp the car’s bodywork and interior
Lawford’s supposed vehicle was the very first and one of only 26 production L6.4 models to ever leave the factory, making it among the rarest cars in the world.
Each of the Rat Pack members had their model’s modified by celebrity auto customiser George Barris, who designed the 1960s Batmobile.
Peter Lawford pictured in 1950
Lawford is said to have maintained ownership of his Ghia for a year after before selling it to a collector.
The current and fourth owner bought the car in 2006 and recently oversaw a three year restoration of the car’s bodywork and interior.
Having watched its value soar as a result he has now consigned his history-steeped motor, with 40,000 miles on the clock, for sale with RM Sotheby’s.
Next month’s sale will mark the first time it’s ever been offered publicly.
An RM Sotheby’s spokesman said: ‘The Ghia L6.4 was the ultimate automotive status symbol of the early 1960s.
‘This is particularly desirable as the first production model ever built.
‘It is further set apart as one of a handful of cars that received custom modifications by the legendary George Barris, known as Rat Pack models.
‘The story goes that this car was delivered to Peter Lawford, although we can’t confirm that.
The Ghia will be sold by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, California, on Friday
The history-steeped motor, which has 40,000 miles on the clock, is to go on sale for £300,000
‘Generally speaking, prominent celebrity or notable provenance can add value to the sale price of any collectible car.
‘It’s important to note this example boasts other factors of collectability including rarity and condition.
‘The Ghia will likely sell to a collector interested in limited production collector cars.’
Among his acting accolades Lawford is also famous for being former US president John F. Kennedy’s brother-in-law and the last person to speak to Marilyn Monroe.
The Ghia will be sold in Monterey, California, on Friday.
The Ghia will likely sell to a collector interested in limited production collector cars
Next month’s sale will mark the first time it’s ever been offered publicly